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California’s New School Funding Flexibility

Margaret Weston | May 2011

Summary

To ease the pain of deep budget cuts to K–12 education in 2009, school districts were allowed to use some restricted funds for general education. The new rules, which expire in 2015, helped, but created other problems. This paper offers specific recommendations for an overhaul of the restricted funding system, balancing the needs of certain groups of students against the fiscal flexibility that school districts now enjoy.

This research was supported with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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